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					   Inside the
Enchanted Closet
                                                                                                          ISSUE 9 MAY 2008

                             Founder says farewell                                                     A Message from Bonita Johnson,
                                                                                                            President and CEO
                                  I have always believed that everything happens for a reason. In
                                  December 2002, I happened to read an article about a prom            I am truly honored and delighted to receive
                                  dress project and wanted to volunteer my services. I tried           the magical wand of service from Teresha,
                                  contacting the organizers only to learn that they had closed         and I do so with a spirit of passion and com-
                                  shop. At the time, I had a full-time job and was completing my       mitment with the full intention of following
                                  last semester of graduate school. I did not plan to launch a         the enchanted path that Teresha so beauti-
                                                                                                       fully made as she developed, sustained, and
                                  social service project or start a nonprofit organization, but like
                                                                                                       transformed the Enchanted Closet from a
                                  I said, 'everything happens for a reason.'                           service project to a treasured community
                                                                                                       service organization through excellence in
                                There was something about the idea of girls missing out on             leadership, collaborative partnerships, and
                                prom night because of financial hardship that nagged me. Maybe         efforts to positively impact our community.
 it was my secret love of Disney princess movies or maybe my own near-miss prom                        I have been intricately involved with the
 experience. Once I decided to revive the project, things happened in very quick succession—           Enchanted Closet since 2005 and have
 like it was destiny. We were featured in the AJC, Macy's became our dress drive sponsor, and          served on the Board of Directors and Execu-
                                                                                                       tive Committee as Treasurer and Commu-
 Georgia State University became the home of our Prom Dress Giveaway. How many start-
                                                                                                       nication Co-Chairman. I came to the En-
 ups can boast such partnerships?                                                                      chanted Closet with rich 20-year history of
                                                                                                       developing and implementing community
 From the beginning, Enchanted Closet has been blessed to have supporters who believe in its           service programs and fostering collaborative
 magic. It has been amazing to watch people from all walks of life donate their time and talents       relationships.
 to outfit girls in need of formalwear for prom, homecoming dances, pageants, debutante balls,
                                                                                                       I am a firm believer that our talents, skills,
 and graduation ceremonies. I will admit that there have been challenges such as securing
                                                                                                       and abilities are blessings graciously be-
 storage for our growing inventory and supplies or paying bills when there were no more funds          stowed upon us and in appreciation for
 in the bank. Enchanted Closet pulled through each tough time and continues to be the "fairy           these gifts; we should utilize them for the
 godmother" for low-income metro Atlanta girls. It is the combination of donors, volunteers,           good of ourselves and others. For me, I
 and the girls we served that have kept me energized all these years.                                  choose to use my gifts in service to man-
                                                                                                       kind. That is what brought me to the En-
 I have enjoyed guiding Enchanted Closet through its evolution from a small, volunteer project         chanted Closet over 3 years ago. My love,
 to a burgeoning organization that offers girls mentorship, social and professional development,       passion, and commitment for the mission of
                                                                                                       the organization and my yearning desire to
 as well as formalwear. We can quantify our impact in the thousands of girls who have received
                                                                                                       enhance the lives of others are what has
 dresses and the hundreds who have attended our workshops. We can also qualify our                     kept me.
 outcomes by the girls who return from college and volunteer to help others.
                                                                                                       Service enables me to utilize my gifts for the
 Enchanted Closet has given me so much. Professionally, it helped me find my purpose through           betterment of others and gain fulfillment in
 working with girls. Personally, Enchanted Closet was my incubator, in which I grew up and             knowing that my presence and participation
                                                                                                       has made a difference in someone’s life.
 found the leader in me. My wish is that Enchanted Closet will transform everyone it touches
                                                                                                       There are many “someone’s” out there who
 into the very best version of themselves, like a sprinkling of fairy dust.                            need those of us who are concerned and
                                                                                                       committed to advocate for them and to
 It's been an honor to serve this worthy cause, and I hope that I have honored you all by giving       influence policy decisions and programs that
 it my very best effort. I am sad about saying farewell, but happy that Enchanted Closet will live     may impact their lives. As President and
 on through a dynamic group of women who are passionate and purposeful and through                     CEO, I am committed to being an effective
 support from the Atlanta community.                                                                   leader and steward of the enchanting treas-
                                                                                                       ure that has been bestowed upon me.
 Thank you for believing in girls,                                                                     I look forward to continued and enhanced
 Thank you for sharing your gifts, and                                                                 relationships with our partners, supporters-
 Thank your for inspiring me.                                                                          donors and volunteers as we continue to
                                                                                                       serve metropolitan Atlanta and create
 With love and devotion,                                                                               magical moments through our signature
                                                                                                       “Prom Dress Giveaway” program.
 Teresha Freckleton-Petite,
 Founder                                                                                               Yours in service,

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                                          2008 Prom Dress Giveaway provides lasting memories for Enchanted Closet founder
                                          The 2008 Prom Dress Giveaway was a lot like the previous ones. The Enchanted Closet Board of
                                          Volunteers collected dresses, setup dress distribution centers at partner sites, recruited volunteers,
                                          and managed to outfit more than 370 girls for prom night bringing the total number of girls served to
                                          more than 2,275.
                                          The scene at each giveaway was familiar—girls browsing the dress racks with their personal shoppers
                                          and a peanut gallery of relatives and friends giving the thumbs-up or thumbs-down sign as each
                                          Cinderella showed-off her dress choices. It all seemed very routine, except for one person for whom
                                          the Prom Dress Giveaway was a labor of love and a dream come true.
                                          For Teresha Freckleton-Petite, this prom season is extra special because it will be her last as the
                                          leader of the organization she founded in 2003. She describes the experience of her last Prom Dress
                                          Giveaway as bittersweet and says,
                                          “I was taking mental snapshots all day so that I could replay each moment later. I really cherish this
                                          organization and what it has done for girls in metro Atlanta. I am sad about moving away and leaving it
                                          all behind, but I look forward to hearing all about the great things it will accomplish in the future.”

                                          Bonita Johnson has been tapped as the new President of Enchanted Closet. She can be reached at

A special thanks to the people and organizations that made
          the 2008 Prom Dress Giveaway a success:
10x500 Donors                                                                        Macy’s
Bug Catcherz                                                               Natalie Scarano
Clayton County Board of Health                                Northside Woman Magazine
Clayton County Youth Action Team                                   Northview High School
                                                                                                    visit our web site at
Creations by Johnecia                                                   Presstine Cleaners
Dress Drive Hostesses                            Publix Super Market, Flat Shoals Parkway
Enchanted Closet Board of Volunteers                                            Ruby Jeans
Georgia Perimeter College                                             Sandy Springs Library    for a list of individual donors
GSU Office of Civic Engagement                                                 Silver Lining
Jon’s Bridal of Tampa, FL                                                        Social 360
Keisha Williams, Honorary Fairy Godmother                                    Suite 20 Salon Consulting                                  Tiara Girls Prom & Princess Expo
Laura White                                         Virginia Gray Recreation Center Staff
Loudermilk Center                                                              WSB Radio
                                                                                                               2007 Financial Report
                                                                                                 Public Donations                       $5,075.71
                                                                                                 Earned Income                          $3,191.93
                                                                                                 Grants                                 $1,000.00
                                                                                                 TOTAL REVENUES                        $9,267.64

                                                                                                 Programs                               $9,643.57
                                                                                                 Management/Administrative              $1,364.30
                                                                                                 TOTAL EXPENSES                        11,007.87
            GSU President honors Enchanted Closet
            On April 9, Enchanted Closet received the Outstanding                                Profit/Loss                           (1,740.23)
            Community Partner Award from Georgia State
            University President Carl Patton for its partnership with                            Net Assets from 2006                    2,357.01
            the Office of Civic Engagement.                                                                                               616.78
                                                                                                 Balance at the end of FY 07

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